|The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a competition aiming to stimulate STEM learning by “embracing the popular students’ pastime of playing and making video games.” The competition is sponsored by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media. There are several categories, broken down by school level: middle school, high school, college, and—educator!The educator category is open to all licensed preK-12 teachers, and individuals working for youth-serving, non-profit organizations. The games can be designed for any grade prek-12, and must be based on STEM subject areas.
There are two sub-categories, open to anyone in the four above competitor groups, as well. PBS KIDS stream for math video games inspired by the Read to Learn Initiative’s curriculum framework; and the Sesame Street stream, open only to collegiate and educator competitors. This category calls for STEM-based games for pre-K through 1st grade inspired by Sesame Street.
Middle schoolers and high schoolers can win AMD-based laptops, game design software packages, and other tools. For youth sponsoring organizations, $80,000 in cash prizes and software are up for grabs; $30,000 in cash prizes for collegiate level winners, and $40,000 for educator category winners.
The submission deadline is March 12, 2012. To get more information, please visit http://www.stemchallenge.org/